When I was planning my birthday party last month, I knew I wanted to incorporate some fun DIY projects. One of my favorite blogs to follow on Instagram, Oh Happy Day, is always a huge source of inspiration for me, and when I found this post of their llama piñata saved on my phone I immediately knew it was perfect for my birthday aesthetic! When I did the piñata transformation, I decided to shoot some process photos to share a step-by-step guide. I also recently discovered that Oh Happy Day actually provided instructions on their own blog, which you can find here if you're interested in checking out the original design! I can't recommend their posts enough, all of the projects are so whimsical!
Before you start, you will need:
I was able to find the piñata in the party section of target for less than $15! This was cheaper than what I was able to find at Amazon, and I was able to grab the white tissue paper and other party necessities all in the same isle.
I chose the yarn and paper color to match to the party supplies I bought at Target, as well as the confetti and balloons which I received from Studio Pep. I got really lucky with the color scheme I chose because it was super easy for me to find, but you could choose any colors you want!
1. Remove the colorful paper from the donkey
This step is messy, so I recommend keeping the recycling bin nearby. Some of the more well-glued areas will be difficult to completely remove without ripping into the paper body, so you may need to cover some of the patches with the white tissue paper before adding fringe.
2. Elongate the neck
This step is the most challenging, and you may need another set of hands to help you hold some parts in place while you work. First, use the box cutter or X-Acto knife to remove the head from the body. Then, ball up some of your tissue paper and place it on the body before wrapping the packing tape around to hold it in place. Set the head on top of the neck and continue wrapping with tape.
3. Add fringe
To make fringe, cute strips of tissue paper and fold over several times to make a square. Cut 2/3 of the way to the top. Once you unfold, you will have a long strip of tissue paper fringe. You will need to attach the fringe, which I found was easiest if I started from the bottom/back and worked forward and then up. I recommend hot glue, because the glue stick would tear the tissue paper.
4. Paper embellishments
Once you've covered the entire body with tissue, it's time to decorate! To make the saddle, just fold over a rectangle of construction paper and cut rounded edges. Then, draw the eyes using a black marker. If you want to add more detail, you can use washi tape to decorate as well.
To make the reins, cute long strands of the yarn and braid them together. Then, make tassels in alternating colors by wrapping the yarn around your fingers, tying off around the middle, and trimming one end. I attached the tassels with glue, but you can also thread the braids through the looped half of the tassels.
6. Forget to fill it with candy and use it just for looks
I hope you enjoyed this guide! One last shout out to Oh Happy Day for being such a great source when it comes to projects and ideas like this. It was so much fun to experiment for myself, and I can't wait to try out another of their DIYs in the future!
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